Dental Care for Children Ages 0-20: What Florida Medicaid Covers

Florida Medicaid wants to make sure your child is healthy. Part of being healthy is taking care of your teeth. Below is a list of services that will help your child have healthy teeth, with no cost to you.

Some Services may require permission from your health plan before the dentist performs the service. This is called a prior authorization. For more details about dental services, contact your health plan.

Dental Care for Children: Why It's Important

It is important for babies and children to see a dentist. The earlier children see a dentist, the healthier their gums and teeth will stay for their whole life. Children should begin seeing a dentist by age 1, even if they do not have teeth yet.

Problems with your child’s teeth can be avoided by seeing a dentist early in life and on a regular basis. Children should also brush, floss and avoid sugary foods and drinks. If a tooth problem does occur, it can have serious effects on your child. If they are not able to bite and chew food they may lose weight, which can delay growth. Your child may not do well in school, or miss school because of pain. Also, unhealthy teeth can cause problems with speaking.

Find a Medicaid Dentist

If your child has Medicaid, your Medicaid health plan will help you find a dentist. The following link will provide you with the list of Medicaid health plans, as well as links to their lists of dentists: Online Provider Directory March 3, 2017[74KB]

If you do not know which Medicaid health plan you have, that's okay. Use a computer and go to or call 1-877-711-3662 to talk to a Choice Counselor. Once you know your health plan, contact them to find a dentist for your child.

Transportation to the Dentist

Your Medicaid health plan provides transportation to your child's dentist appointment if you do not have a way to get there. Ask your health plan for help if you need a ride.

Have a Problem?

Your child’s oral health is important and we are committed to ensuring that you receive high quality care. If you have any problems, such as getting a ride to the dentist, scheduling an appointment or receiving prior authorization for a service, please contact the Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program Complaint Center if you need assistance filing your complaint or wish to tell a person, please call toll free 1-877-254-1055; Telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 1-866-467-4970 to speak to a Medicaid representative. Fee-for-Service recipients please call 1-877-254-1055.